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GBAC needs new ambulance, support from community

(From left) Adam Arvidson (EMT-P), Jim Hogan (EMT-P, Director), Jillian Golwitzer-Cullen (EMT-P), Kym Shackleton and Zach Roberts (EMT) stand with a Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps ambulance. The local organization is in need of a new ambulance, which costs approximately $120,000.

(From left) Adam Arvidson (EMT-P), Jim Hogan (EMT-P, Director), Jillian Golwitzer-Cullen (EMT-P), Kym Shackleton and Zach Roberts (EMT) stand with a Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps ambulance. The local organization is in need of a new ambulance, which costs approximately $120,000.

— All volunteer members at GBAC go through an orientation. Once orientation is completed, provisional members go through a training period, which lasts approximately four to six months. During that period, they will have the opportunity to assist with providing patient care and learn about the world of Emergency Medical Services. While on a call, provisional members will work under the supervision of a preceptor.

GBAC members work in crews that are on-duty for a specified period of time, usually five to six hours, and are expected to be at the Corps Room and ready to respond to a call during their shift. Members are expected to fulfill 12 hours of duty per month, attend monthly meetings and required training events.

Upon a provisional completion of their required training period, a provisional member can go on to continue training for any of following the positions: driver; Emergency Medical Technician – Basic; EMT – Critical Care Technician; and EMT – Paramedic.

For more information on how to become a volunteer, visit gbacems.org and click on tab “Become a Member” or call 638-4328.

Learn CPR

GBAC provides continuing medical education to its members, as well as First Aid and CPR classes to the public. For more information on First Aid and CPR training, call the GBAC at 638-4328 or visit gbacems.org and click on the tab “Training Center.”

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